• Alan Alda with Roger Rosenblatt

  • Talking About Talking
  • By: Alan Alda, Roger Rosenblatt
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Speech
  • Release date: 22-02-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: 92nd Street Y
  • 5 out of 5 stars 5.0 (1 rating)

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This lighthearted yet revealing conversation between renowned film and TV actor Alan Alda and distinguished author and essayist Roger Rosenblatt was recorded in September of 2007 in New York City as part of the 92nd Street Y's "funny people" series.
Rosenblatt steers the conversation toward a wide range of topics, including Alda's fascination with science, what he's learned honing his craft throughout the years, and the many charitable endeavors he's undertaken.
The chemistry between these two accomplished men coupled with Alda's disarmingly honest tone and effortless storytelling abilities make for a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable listen.
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Actor and director Alan Alda played Hawkeye Pierce on the television series M*A*S*H and has acted in, written, and directed many feature films. He is also a best-selling author, most recently with his memoir, Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself. In this interview with Roger Rosenblatt, Alda discusses his opinions about public speaking and giving back to the community, his relationship with his wife, and his feelings on fame. Rosenblatt is an award-winning essayist, author, and playwright.
©2007 92nd Street Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association (P)2007 92nd Street Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association
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5 out of 5 stars
By C. Sullivan on 28-09-17

simply wonderful

two men who have been around a while and have thought about life quit a bit talk to each other with humour, teasing affection and humble wisdom.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gretchen SLP on 30-12-15

Enjoyable Visit With Inspiring Actor

This is a pleasurable if somewhat disjointed and disorganized interview with the great Alan Alda, who's always witty and fun to listen to. For longtime Alda fans who have already read or listened to unabridged versions of his two books (especially the best of the two, his stellar autobiography Never Have Your Dog Stuffed), there's not a whole lot of new ground covered, but there is some. I especially enjoyed his recollections of meeting Simon Wiesenthal, his reflections on his near-death experience while filming his science program in Chile, and his advice to oldsters like himself who feel they are running out of time.

What I didn't like: Too much talk from interviewer Roger Rosenblatt; unfocused interview questions; and Alda's surprisingly lame rationale for why he no longer attempts any kind of political activism. (To my ear, "No candidate I worked for ever won" and "I decided I could help more by focusing on my acting" just sounded like code for "I decided life was too short to use my celebrity to help effect any kind of positive change in the world.")

This program is also very short, so don't waste a credit on it! Buy it only when it's on sale for under $2.00.

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5 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Herbert on 22-06-15


Short funny with excellent advice for anyone who LISTENS carefully loves life until it's over

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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